Star City Sirens
This week’s episode of Arrow featured not one, not two, but three deadly ladies as antagonists, each one coming from a more obscure DC property than the next! To be fair, though, it’s fun to think that DC and Warner Bros. are at least making an effort to give these C and D-listers a chance at the spotlight instead of opting for more established characters. On the other hand, though, you can’t think that this is just a case of the show scraping the barrel to find some “disposable” characters they can use. You can’t just throw away your Merlyns and Al Ghul’s, after all. But hey, I’m willing to give DC the benefit of the doubt. Now, I won’t get into the whole plot of the episode right now: I’ll leave that up to you. All I’ll say about Arrow’s current season is that it has to some extent lost a bit of its momentum; the whole arc feels like it’s being dragged out in spite of – or maybe even because of – the addition of Mr. Terrific, Wild Dog, Ragman, and all the other supporting characters we’ve seen this season. We’ll leave the criticisms at that, though. What I’ll do instead is give you at least a little idea on who exactly these Star City Sirens are.
So, first off, let’s start with Cupid. Of the three, she’s actually the most recognizable thanks mainly to Amy Gumenick’s performance back a couple of seasons ago. In the show, Cupid is portrayed as this feisty redhead with an obsession to the Emerald Archer that stems from that one time when he saved her from one of Slade Wilson’s (on that note, when are they bringing back Manu Bennet’s Deathstroke? Come on, WB, step up your game.) chemically enhanced henchmen. Well, the source material pretty much is the same, except for a few details. First, the comic version of Cupid has a degree of super-strength because of an experiment that she underwent. In the show, we just have this crazy lady that likes to shoot people with heart-shaped arrows. Aside from that, the comic book version of Cupid has a disorder that’s a side-effect of the experiments on her: she’s unable to feel fear and all her other emotions get amplified, especially falling in love, which is how she became obsessed with Ollie in the comics.
Next, there’s China White, who first appeared in the comics on the pages of Green Arrow: Year One #3. If you haven’t picked that up, I suggest you do so: it’s an intense and entertaining mini-series from the Diggle/Jock team. Like Cupid, China’s back story hasn’t changed that much in the TV show, with the only noticeable difference being that China is a leader of the triad in the show while she’s a drug cartel head honcho in the comics.
And finally, there’s Liza Warner. Now, of the three, she’s the most obscure. You see, she’s based on a character named Lady Cop (no, we’re not messing with you) that has only appeared a handful of times throughout DC’s history despite her being the oldest of the three. She first appeared in the 4th Issue of DC’s 1st Issue Special series, a title that aimed to test the waters for new DC properties back in the 70’s and has since just been in the background. Even more curious, though, is the fact that she’s actually a protagonist in the comics, as opposed to the show’s portrayal. Well, I guess we could say DC did a total 180 with this one.